COUNTDOWN TO (CANCELLED) EUROVISION: #6 – IRELAND

#6 – Ireland
Story Of My Life
Lesley Roy
Songwriters: Lesley Roy, Robert Marvin, Catt Gravitt, Tom Shapiro

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

We are getting closer and closer to the top five! If you’re keeping track of the countdown, you should know what songs are still to come, heh heh…

In at #6 this year is the official entry from Ireland, “Story Of My Life” by Lesley Roy. It is performed in English, and was scheduled to be performed 3rd at the first semifinal on May 12. The song was chosen by internal selection, and the country has not yet confirmed their plans for ESC 20201.

Leslie Roy has been in the public eye in Ireland since 2008, when she released her debut album. Since 2010, however, she’s concentrated more on songwriting than performing, but her voice is still familiar. And that includes in the U.S. as well – Roy does the vocals for CFO$ on the entrance theme music for WWE wrestler Ember Moon, which has been used since 2016 and continues to be used as her theme song to this day. Roy has also written with dozens of other well known songwriters, including Adam Lambert and Desmond Child.

What I’m thinking about this song…I am utterly amazed that this song doesn’t seem to be catching on with the EuroFans…it’s a truly awesome kick ass song about finding who you are and living your life the way you want to, damn everyone else’s opinion, and I absolutely LOVE that sentiment – it’s what I live by, what my wife lives by, what EVERYONE should live by. The performance by Roy is off the chart fantastic, and the video is cute as well. I thought for sure that the lyrics combined with the kickass, take no prisoners attitude of the song’s arrangement, very Pink/Katy Perry in it’s execution, would catch on with the rabid fandom, but sadly, many people are ignoring it in favor of far inferior songs. It’s a shame, because this song deserves so much more than it probably would have gotten had we gathered in Rotterdam in May as scheduled…

Ireland is truly the Grand Champion of EuroVision over the years. They first competed in 1965, and have been involved 53 times since including 2020. They have won the Grand Final a whopping SEVEN times – with “All Kinds Of Everything” by Dana, 1970;  “What’s Another Year” by Johnny Logan, 1980; “Hold Me Now” by Johnny Logan, 1987; “Why Me?” by Linda Martin, 1992; “In Your Eyes” by Niamh Kavanaugh, 1993; “Rock And Roll Kids” by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan, 1994; and “The Voice” by Eimear Quinn, 1996.  They are the only country to win the contest three years in a row, grabbing the championship in 1992, 1993, and 1994. Singer/Songwriter Johnny Logan is the only performer to win the competition twice (he’s actually won three times overall, as he was also the songwriter on Linda Martin‘s “Why Me?” in 1992). However, recently the country has fallen on hard EuroVision times; they appear to have cursed themselves when they made their best showing thus far in the 21st century in 2011 by inflicting the UTTERLY HORRIFIC twins pop act known as Jedward (for the love of all that’s musically holy, WHY????) on the ESC, where they somehow managed an EIGHTH PLACE finish with their (gawdawful) song “Lipstick“. And if that wasn’t punishment enough, Ireland was apparently SOOOO pissed off at everyone about losing that year that they turned right around and sent the talent-deficient twins BACK to ESC the very next year – GAAAAA! And although Ryan O’Shaughnessy could only manage 16th place in 2018 with his much-beloved, heartwrenching instant Eurovision classic “Together“, he at least was able to bring them back to the finals for the first time in five years, although they missed again last year….so I hope this year they would have got their game back, but the fans seem too indifferent, which is sad…and so Ireland’s “Curse of Jedward” continues for at least one more year…MOOHAHAHAHA

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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